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Mary, Jesus and Joseph at the Kingaroy Carols … aka Nuala and David Black with Fionn, 8 months

December 8, 2014

The Christmas action continued across the South Burnett at the weekend … and there’s even more on the way this week.

At Blackbutt, the town’s extended Christmas Festival concluded on Saturday morning with the annual arts and crafts fair in the Memorial Hall which featured everything from wooden toys to hand-carved jade pendants.

At Maidenwell, the QCWA’s popular Christmas Tree event on Saturday night featured a barbecue and carols by the students from Tanduringie State School.

Also on Saturday night, the Proston & District Lions Club Christmas Carnival brought the fun of the fair to Blake Street, Proston, which enabled festival goers to also catch up on some last-minute shopping.

The new-look street carnival proved a winner with stalls from a number of local groups including the Show Society, QCWA, SES and scouts.

Up-and-coming country singer Bridget O’Shannessy and singers from Proston P-10 State School sang carols to entertain the crowd.

Probably the largest event of the weekend was Sunday evening’s Community Christmas Carols in Kingaroy, which is organised by the Kingaroy & District Ministers Association.

Glendon Street was blocked off to allow the crowd to spill out of the packed Town Hall Forecourt.

The traditional carols event also featured scripture readings, performances by Kingaroy State High School musicians and singers, and a special appearance by “Mary” and “Joseph” with baby “Jesus”.

Three Wise men followed a talkative “Bethlehem Star” through the crowd to visit the manger to drop off their gifts.

There were also carols at Kumbia and Murgon.

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Blackbutt Christmas Crafts Fair

Marie Noon and Maureen Hartley, from “Nanna Abbott’s Kitchen”, were selling cakes, jams and pickles, while Gloria Scarborough had hand-made cards

Gaye Kadel and Susan Strid, Blackbutt, were selling hand-made Christmas cards and sewing

David Tranter, from Blackbutt, had a large display of his carved jade and stone pieces

Sue Tully, Robyn Thompson and Linda Martin were selling crochet, sewing and machine embroidery … Robyn and Linda have their own business, “L&R Designs”

Proston Christmas Carnival

Lenn Curd and Leony Maloney were charmed by Rollo The Clown at this year’s Proston Christmas Carnival

Emily Warren from SG Hair Designs adds a touch of colour to Anthony Lindholm’s hair

Soloist Bridget O’Shannessy entertained the crowds with Christmas carols and country tunes

Students from the Proston State School choir led the carol-singing

Shakira Trusz and Amber Binghan

Cr Ros Heit gets water-bombed

Robyn Giles-Cooke, from Proston, takes an accurately aimed sponge bomb

Kerie Dewey, Rosemary Heidenis and Laeticha Smith were selling Christmas goodies

Cr Ros Heit, Michael Duff and Cr Kathy Duff had fun at the new-look Christmas Carnival

Elaine McNeilly, Gloria Smith and Helen Young kept the hungry crowds fed at the Proston Show Society’s hamburger stand

Kingaroy Community Carols

Kingaroy State High School choir members sang carols on stage

Kingaroy State High School’s concert band was in action

Indiana Peterson, 23 months, with her proud grandma Sue Miller

Three Wise Men … David Ferguson, Allan Kerr and Gavin McLeod

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